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Kerala: New microbiology lab in Kochi to boost quality of seafood exports February 11,2020   |  Source: The New Indian Express

India’s efforts to achieve its ambitious goal of taking seafood exports to the next level got a major push on Sunday after the Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) inaugurated its state-of-the-art microbiology laboratory at its headquarters here. This is MPEDA’s first such laboratory in Kerala. Unveiling the laboratory, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Rameswar Teli said it will help the seafood sector in overcoming the stiff competition in the global export market, particularly on the quality front.

MPEDA chairman K S Srinivas said the laboratory would be used to test all types of seafood at various stages, including during production and prior to export, to avoid any bacterial presence in seafood. “It will ensure that exporters do not face rejection of their products by any country on the grounds of substandard quality,” he said. The laboratory was necessitated by the fact that the US, the European Union and other major seafood importers were tightening quality norms on a regular basis in the interest of their citizens’ health. Teli expressed hope that all other sectors under the food processing industry would go for such a laboratory to ensure quality and give a fillip to exports. MPEDA unveiled the laboratory on the third

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